WATCH: Could Xiaomi release the first bendable phone?

2016-10-19 13:23 - Kyle Venktess
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Johannesburg - A video of a bendable Xiaomi smartphone has been circulating the internet – with speculation that it could be the first one to be released. 

In the leaked video posted by numerous sources online, a person is seen scrolling through the device’s menu, with exclusive Xiaomi apps seen on the screen.  

The material speculated to have been used to create the display is OLED (organic light-emitting diode), which is currently the only type of screen able to bend.

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It has been no secret that numerous electronics manufacturers, such as Samsung and LG have been working on OLED displays with many TVs already being sold in the country. 

LG recently announced their prototype TV which could be folded and bent while also being paper thin – produced from OLED.

OLED is a more malleable material, which is thinner and lighter than LED (light-emitting diode) displays currently used in many devices and displays. 

The technology is set to be a game-changer in the industry, being sharper, brighter and slimmer while also being more energy efficient – which could also address smartphone battery woes, if implemented into smartphones.

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OLED is believed to also be able to change the wearable industry with the material being flexible. Online concepts show that screens wrapped around a wrist could be the future of the smartwatch. 

The technology is also touted as being able to be used as far as being wrapped around vehicles and buildings.

If further online gossip is to be believed, South Korean giant, Samsung will also release a range of devices with bendable displays in 2017. 

Xiaomi recently announced the launch of its new flagship device the Mi 5S along with the new dual camera device the Mi 5S Plus.

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